Advanced Seminars

The SAR advanced seminar program has been described by one participant as “time out of time”—after precirculating papers of their freshest insights on a seemingly impossible question, ten scholars are sequestered in a nourishing environment, then left undisturbed for five days to engage in round-the-clock discussions. In a similar way to the resident scholar program, the advanced seminar experience provides an increasingly rare opportunity for scholars to suspend their ordinary obligations and to spend a week with peers, thinking and talking deeply about the cutting edge of their research. This time-tested SAR formula has yielded 132 gatherings since the program began in 1967, two-thirds of which have resulted in published books of the revised seminar papers.

Although advanced seminars are often two years in the making, their critically important topics sometimes coincide with fast-breaking current events—and this was one of those years. The advanced seminar on street economies, politics, and social movements convened on campus only weeks after a Tunisian street vendor protesting harassment by municipal officials started the revolution that continues to ripple throughout the Arab world. Two weeks later, another advanced seminar explored the changing identities of Muslim youth around the world after 9/11, as young Muslims took the lead in the “Arab Spring.”

Reassembling the Collection: Indigenous Agency and Ethnographic CollectionsSeptember 26–30, 2010Reassembling the Collection: Indigenous Agency and Ethnographic CollectionsCo-chaired by Sarah Byrne, Production Assistant, Institute of Historical Studies, University of London; Annie Clarke, Senior Lecturer, Department of Archaeology, University of Sydney; Rodney Harrison, Lecturer in Heritage Studies, Faculty of Arts, The Open University, London; and Robin Torrence, Principal Research Scientist, Department of Anthropology, Australian MuseumThe aim of this seminar was to re-configure how Indigenous agency and identity are we conceptualized and interpreted within the formation of ethnographic collection
Street Economies, Politics, and Social Movements in the Urban Global SouthMarch 13–17, 2011Street Economies, Politics, and Social Movements in the Urban Global SouthCo-chaired by Karen Tranberg Hansen, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University; Walter E. Little, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Albany, State University of New York; and B. Lynne Milgram, Professor of Anthropology, Faculty of Liberal Studies, OCAD UniversityParticipants in this seminar focused on how street vendors organize to improve their livelihoods and defend their rights in rapidly growing cities in Southeast Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
The 9/11 Generation: Young Muslims in the New World OrderApril 3–7, 2011The 9/11 Generation: Young Muslims in the New World OrderCo-chaired by Adeline Masquelier, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Tulane University and Benjamin F. Soares, Senior Researcher, Afrika-Studiecentrum, LeidenThis seminar convened to explore the place of youth in Muslim societies and the place of religion in Muslim youth cultures after the events of 9/11.
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